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Verbena rigida


Award winning variety

A little jewel of a plant with a long flowering season. A bushy plant that sends up lots of slender stems clustered with a haze of tiny purple flowers, much loved by butterflies and bees. Plant alongside silver leafed plants for a lovely effect.


Best in a sunny or lightly shaded position, use in a border, gravel garden or container.


Easy to grow, but needs a well-drained soil. Add coarse grit or sand to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

A versatile plant that also looks fabulous in the company of hot orange and yellow coloured plants like heleniums, achilleas and dahlias.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September